Dubai: 10 Things to Do

9. The Desert


Desert Dubai Frank Micelotta / Getty
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A visit to the desert isn't as peaceful as you'd think. The desolate Sahara this is not. The easiest way to get at the dunes outside the city is on a four-wheel-drive safari. The tours are incredibly popular, but your enjoyment will depend on your tolerance for a) being thrown around the sand in a Jeep, b) touristy BBQs in the desert replete with a belly dancer and henna painting services and c) lots of other tourists. If you can handle all three, then Blue Banana has a number of expeditions on offer. The same outfit also has hot-air balloon flights over the sand at sunrise — a statelier desert experience. If you just want to see some sand without vertigo or nausea, then head out to the plush desert escape Bab Al Shams. Here you can sit on the rooftop and enjoy a cocktail as the sun dips below the dunes.

  • 1. Blue Banana
    Business Central Towers, Dubai, U.A.E.; 971-(0)4-436-8100
  • 2. Bab Al Shams
    Dubai, U.A.E.; 971-(0)4-809-6100 More Info

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